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RE: GM 6 liter vortec what are you towing with it?

What are you towing with your 6 liter 2500hd or 3500hd? What’s the gvwr of your trailer and how’s the towing experience? I tow an Arctic Fox 25r with my 2015 2500hd 6 liter vortec. Trailer weighs about 9,000 lbs loaded. I’m happy with it’s performance and reliability for the most part. Throughout the mountain west, It’s averaging 8 mpg per 400 miles. It goes over Donner Summit in CA at 60mph towing. Handles comfortably while towing. But……… I’m considering a 30’ 5th wheel that weighs about 12,000 lbs. No doubt a diesel would handle it better. Would I be miserable towing a 12k 5’er with my 6 liter gasser? At one time both my parents and my wife and I had similar 30 ft 5th wheel campers and we pulled our campers to Pigeon Forge on a trip we took together. My parents had a 01 2500 6.0 and we had a Super Duty Power Stroke diesel. Long story short about a month later my dad purchased his first diesel powered truck. Until that trip he was good with the performance of his 6.0 gas engine, but he simply didn't know how much better a diesel performed for both fuel economy and towing performance. I had an 02 2500HD and now have a 2017 3500HD, both 6.0 gas 4.10 trucks. Your parents was like my 02, the OPs truck is like my 17. There is no comparison. The 2017 tows circles around the 02. You can't use the 01 to compare it to the OPs 2015. Having said that, it will do 12,000. I think it is rated at 13,7000. I tow a 32 foot 8000lbs loaded trailer with my 17 3500HD gasser and it does fine keeping the speed limit all over the passes out west, but I think if I were regularly towing 12,000lbs I would look hard at a diesel and decide what your are willing to spend.
ls1mike 05/10/22 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Coupler repair/replacement

That is what I am going to get. I have a flatbed trailer that has this exact coupler. I love it. Go and read thru this thread Escape trailer hitch conversion As it has some pics in it. Lots of discussion on the Bulldog vs the RAM hitch (which Etrailer sells as their brand also) and the differences in the attachment of the tongue jack, etc. Its a lot of jibber-jabber till post #15 and then it gets a little more informative, but read it all. Charles Thanks that was a good read. I have not done anything yet, but my first trip is the end of next month and I have the guy who welded the pearch pads on my axle set up to do the welding.
ls1mike 02/10/22 03:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Coupler repair/replacement

Any welder can do this. It's two to three hours. Might think of getting a Bulldog brand coupling. Kind of Oakie looking but very good design and not much to go wrong and it's all visible from the outside. I put one of these on a couple years ago on my sister-in-law's trailer. She loves it. That is what I am going to get. I have a flatbed trailer that has this exact coupler. I love it.
ls1mike 01/30/22 01:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Coupler repair/replacement

It does not look like I can remove the guts. I see no fastener. My complete life is based off submarine maintenance. So I am pretty good at keeping up with it. It is also parked inside. I think the spring is broke but I can't tell. Sounds more like a typical cheap coupler choice from the frame manufacturer to me rather than accusing the owner of neglect and abuse.. Not ALL couplers are of good quality and/or construction. Not ALL couplers can be torn apart and repaired or adjusted. Not ALL couplers will live 50 yrs or more.. One must set expectations a lot lower now days as there is a lot of cheap couplers on the market compared to 20, 30, 50 yrs ago.. OP may have simply run into one of those cheap couplers and the fix most likely is to have the old one cut off and a new one of better quality welded in place. Was it born in 1 piece? I would bet that somebody, somewhere has put it together. Now I can see it might be hard to take apart, because we don't want it to come apart in use. But if it was mine, and it did not work, I would put my back on the ground figure out why. Then I would try to fix it. After all, your working on a dead animal As far as I can tell it is a Curt style 25200 and the assembly is inserted into the tongue then welded on. According to Keystone and Curt their is no repair kit and the coupler must be removed and replaced. It is not the best design on the planet. I found a Keystone forum, it would seem I am not only one who has had the problem, couple of folks with 2017's or better have the same issue. I will mess with it some this weekend, but I cleaned it up and I can see the spring is broken. It still latches fine. It just does not have the spring action. They tell me that is not an issue, but lots of underways on submarines have given me a bit of the OCD and it will drive me crazy.
ls1mike 01/26/22 07:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Coupler repair/replacement

I have cut off and replaced some couplers, but a 10 year old trailer? Sounds like a lot of abuse, or more likely neglect. If it was mine, I would first spray it with WD-40, and see if it loosened. (Yes, there is better stuff, but most people have a can around) Most likely it will work better, and that will tell you to save some money. Remove the guts, clean up rust and caked lube. Re-lube, put back together, and adjust. BTW, if it is abuse, instead of neglect, might look at replacing with a eye, instead of coupler. I take good care of it. I keep a log it has been towed just over 50,000 miles. In fact it has been a really good trailer. I did have to replace one axle as the spindle was off a bit, but other then this it has been small things. No leaks, just normal maintenance. It does not look like I can remove the guts. I see no fastener. My complete life is based off submarine maintenance. So I am pretty good at keeping up with it. It is also parked inside. I think the spring is broke but I can't tell.
ls1mike 01/25/22 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Dexter Axle Replacement

I did my own this summer. Bad spindle on the old axle. I did have to have the pearch pads welded on the new axle. Install on the trailer was easy. Any good shop should be able to do it.
ls1mike 01/24/22 08:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Coupler repair/replacement

A good welder should be able to replace the tongue in a couple of hours. Thanks! Guessing that is the route I have to go. I probably need a 10,000 lbs one. The trailer is 7800 scaled, I thought about one like this. I have another trailer with one and I like it. Like this 12.5k.
ls1mike 01/24/22 07:39pm Travel Trailers
Coupler repair/replacement

I have a 2012 Passport and the coupler and latch are sticky and sloppy. It is an A frame Curt style. It does not look like I can change out the guts. Has anyone changed them or had a new tongue installed? If you had a tongue installed what was the cost? Thanks!
ls1mike 01/24/22 07:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Kayak transport

I have seen ones that go on topper, but would that be too high? It is a Cap World subsection Roof Racks.
ls1mike 01/05/22 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
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